McGraw Hill has a long and storied history in publishing, dating back to 1917 when the companies founded by James H. McGraw and John A. Hill agreed to merge their book departments. It has grown to become an international multimedia publishing and information company active in education, business, industry, professional, and government markets, with more than 3,900 employees globally. It is currently owned by Platinum Equity, which purchased the company in 2021.
The company formed a medical publishing department in 1945, but it was not until 1954, when it acquired from Doubleday the Blakiston Company, which specialized in medical titles, that it began to have a major share of the medical market. It is the publisher of the foundational textbook in general medicine, Harrison’s Principles of Medicine, which was first published in 1958 and is now in its 21st edition, due out in April. McGraw Hill’s titles are also available through AccessMedicine, a comprehensive online medical resource that includes videos, self-assessment, and medical textbooks.
McGraw Hill was one of our first participating publishers in 1993, and Doody’s Review Service features a total of 2,400 of its medical, allied health, and nursing titles with reviews of over 1,500 of them. Since we last profiled McGraw Hill in 2014, we received just under 600 of its titles and reviewed almost 400. In the last year, we’ve received 65 titles and published reviews of 30 of them to date, with more out for review. Doody’s Core Titles 2021 features 121 McGraw Hill titles, 49 of which librarians designated Essential Purchase titles including, of course, the 20th edition of Harrison’s Principles of Medicine.